“And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you.” - 1 Thessalonians 3:12.
Believers in the early Church practised good neighbourliness and it was well with them. The Bible says, “all that believed were together, and had all things common”; that they even sold their possessions and goods “and parted them to all men, as every man had need” and that “they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart”. (Acts 2:46).
The sharing of goods so that none of the members would suffer want, no doubt created an indescribable bond among them. This example of being our brother's keepers is the bedrock of a stable society as people lean on each other for mutual support and see themselves as pursuing a common endeavour. “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves”, exhorted St. Paul. He added: “Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.” - Romans 15:1, 2.